Archive for August, 2016

Kenai Fjords Cruise Photos (Seward, AK)

Starfish:
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Eagle:
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Sea lions:
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It was cold.
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Kenai Fjords Cruise – Glacier Photos

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We Walked to Worthington Glacier

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Agreed that this is “duh”, but the deepness of ice in the ice fascinated me.
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View From Hotel Bar

Popular bar with the boat captains. We liked the people watching and the view.

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Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery

Going to the fish hatchery was a really mind blowing experience, that I can’t convey in writing, nor in the photos.

I had read that this is a great place to try to see bears eating fish. We didn’t see any.

As we pulled up, I noticed the water churling over all the rocks. As I got closer, I realized that those aren’t rocks, but fish. Yes, thousands and thousands of salmon can be seen trying to swim up the ladder to get “home”.

There were also lots of seagulls eating all the dead fish. It was quite the scene.

We went several times and the scene was awful at low tide…with all the dead fish.

If someone had told me that there were 100,000 fish right here, I’d think… of course I have NO idea what 100,000 fish look like, but yeah, I’d believe that. Later, I found out the count is probably 50,000 – 60,000.

Seagulls eating the dead fish. This is where we saw a black bear.
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Lots of fish all mangled together.
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Ladder

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Low tide. LOTS of dead fish.
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Like Fishing in a Barrell

The 2 fishermen in the photo had snag hooks. They would cast the line out, and take a few seconds to pull it back in….with a fish. Every time, there was a salmon caught. THAT is how many fish were in the water.

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Gold Rush Days Continue…in the Rain

And of course it rained the hardest on the Big Day (Gold Rush Days). But they still had festivities…ever listen to music, or watch a parade in the pouring rain and 58′?

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It’s hard to see, but “It’s a robot…in the wild!”
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Valdez Harbor in the Fog

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More Photos of Columbia Glacier

Otters.
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Sea Lions are the black dots on ice bergs.
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Cruise to Columbia Glacier

Via Stan Stephenson.

We did the Kenai Fjords cruise out of Seward and this one, and I liked this one more. If you are going to both towns, and only want to go on one cruise, do this one.

No other boats around.
Snack of bagel, Oreos, soup. FREE water, coffee, tea (Tazo tea).
Plenty of room to view or take photos. No crowding.
Foggy and misty in Valdez but it cleared up after about 15 minutes and was relatively clear viewing for the rest of cruise.
Charming staff.
Can stand near the captain and see what he sees [he’s NOT in an enclosed room].

The captain said that there had to have been A LOT of calving over nite, due to all the ice bergs [they weren’t there yesterday].

The view when we were leaving the harbor:
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About 15 minutes later:
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See 2 white dots, a little over half way up in the center? Those dots are 2 eagles.
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Otters enjoying laying on the icebergs. I guess with all their hair and fat, they don’t get cold.
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The glacier used to come out this far, and has since receded…which is why there are NO trees.
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